The New Tri-State Defender's "Women of Excellence" will be acknowledged and honored by their peers, family, friends and community leaders in a grand Champagne Brunch and Awards Presentation on Saturday, April 26th at 10 a.m. at the Memphis Botanic Gardens, 750 Cherry Rd.
The annual event will celebrate and honor 50 African-American women who motivate and inspire others through their vision and leadership, exceptional achievements, and personal contribution to the community through service.
Over the past seven years, The TSD has honored 300-plus outstanding African American professionals and community leaders.
"We had another phenomenal response from the community this year with over 110 nominations. It is always a challenge narrowing down the selection because each of these women is deserving of the honor. We think we have selected a tremendously impressive group of women of whom we are very proud," said TSD President/Publisher Bernal E. Smith II.
"We again will be incorporating new elements into the 2014 edition of WOE, which should make it our best yet! This spring celebration gives us the chance to say thank you to those who have been consistently committed to the highest principles of servant leadership and positively touching the lives of others."
The strength and commitment those selected demonstrate each day is part of the "unique fabric of talent and character that make Memphis a great city," said Smith. "I am glad that we at The New Tri-State Defender can take the lead in acknowledging their contributions to the growth and betterment of our community."
The 2014 Women of Excellence will be celebrated amidst food, inspiration, fashion and entertainment. The morning will feature performances by musical and spoken word artists, along with other special guest performances and a special guest speaker to be announced next week.
Ticket and table reservations are first come, first serve. The event has had overwhelming attendance in the past and requires immediate arrangements to secure tickets.
Takeisha Berry-Brooks, Owner, Natural Hair Consultant | A Natural Affair Beauty Lounge
Joy Bowen, VP: Treasury Management Sales Officer | First Tennessee Bank
Erika Cain, CEO | Erika Cain & Company
Grace Ann Campbell, Properties Coordinator | Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority
Karen Camper, State Representative | Tennessee General Assembly
Lexie Carter, Radio Personality | Music Instructor
Shirley Cobbins, VP External Relations | Universal Commercial Real Estate Co.
Barbara Cooper, State Representative | Tennessee General Assembly
Alice Davis, Assistant Director | Lester Community
Ashley Dean-Parson, Owner | Dean of Fashion
Mary Dortch Smith, Retired Preschool Specialist | Sam's Video Productions
Phyllis M. Fickling, Shelby County Government | Mayor's Office
Mimi Fifer, CEO/Founder | The Mid-Town Divas, Pink Dolls & Dance Mom
Erma Foster, Owner | Erma Foster's Child Care & Tutoring Center
Doretha Franklin, Administrative Laboratory Director | St. Francis Hospital
Janice Fullilove, Councilwoman | Memphis City Council
Briggette Green, President of Business Operations | Top Cat Masonry Contractors, LLC
Audrey Gregory, Chief Operating Officer | St. Francis Hospital
Sheila Guerrero | Multimedia & Journalist
Karen Harrell, VP Early Childhood Services | Porter-Leath
Evelyn Harris, Interim Principal | Houston High School
Mary Hines, PATH Coordinator | Family & Children's Service
Florence Howard, Event Planning, PR, Marketing, Training | SSCOMM, Inc.
Janas Jackson, Diversity & Affinity Groups Advisor | FedEx Express
Bev Johnson, Host | "The Bev Johnson Show" WDIA AM 1070
Vicki Johnson, Executive Director | Pinky Promise International
Nicole Jones, Business Manager | LeBonheur Pediatrics
Audrey P. Jones, Project Manager/Business Systems Analyst | AutoZone Corporation
Sherila Jones-Tuggle, Managing Partner | Jones & Tuggle, PLLC
Yolanda Kight, Owner | Kight Law Firm, PLLC Life Oasis & Counseling Center
Terica Lamb, President & CEO/Community Outreach | Tutal Control Logistic/Shelby Co. Trustee
Carla McAdory, Administrative Assistant | Verizon Wireless
Marlene McGhee, Principal Broker, ABR, GRI | Eagle Lane Realty
Alfunsia Merriwether, Manager, Family & Community Partnerships | Shelby County Headstart
Monice Moore-Hagler, Partner/Attorney | Hagler, Bruce, Turner, PLLC
Raygene Paige |Independent Program Development Professional
Shayna Rattler, CEO Founder | Supplier Diversity Academy
Lea Ester Redmond-Terrell, Community & Legislative Affairs | Shelby County Sheriff Offices
Carolyn Rudley, Director/Teacher | Muhammad University of Islam
Elaine Sanford, Executive Director | HER Faith Ministries | Young Sanford Marketing & Media
Tonja Sessley-Baymon, President & CEO | Memphis Urban League
Regina Smith, Quality Assurance Supervisor | The Coca-Cola Company
Bianca J. Sweeten, MD | Pediatrician | Comprehensive Medical Associates
Debrah Thompson-Reid, CEO/Founder | Sassie Seniors of Memphis
Vequita Todd-Barnes | United Housing, Inc.
Carolyn Wade-Blackett, Judge | Shelby County Criminal Court
Tracee Walls, Education Program Advisor | FedEx
Lucille White, Retired Nurse/Home Maker | Caregiver
Jeani Williams, IBO ACN | Intern Facilitator/UT Knoxville
Velma Williams, RN (Retired) | Veterans Administration Medical Center
(For more information and updates, visit www.tsdmemphis.com.)